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You are going home with a feeding tube in place. One of the things you must do is flush your tube to keep it from becoming clogged. You will flush your tube with warm water after each feeding, and before and after giving yourself any medications. You were shown how to flush and care for your tube in the hospital. This sheet helps you remember the steps when you are at home.
Here are the supplies you will need:
50 ml (cc) syringe or larger
Bowl of warm water
Flush the feeding tube with warm water and a clean syringe before the first daily feeding, after the last daily feeding, and at other times as instructed. Follow these steps:
Put the tip of the syringe in the water.
Draw up 50 ml (cc) of water.
Turn off the pump.
Close the clamp on the feeding bag tubing.
Remove the tubing from the port.
Put the tip of the syringe in the feeding port.
Push the plunger down. Use an even, gentle push.
Let the water run through the feeding tube.
Start your feeding or close the cap on the feeding port.
Tape the tube to your skin with medical tape.
Flush the feeding tube before and after each feeding or just after feedings, depending upon your doctor's instructions. Use a clean syringe and warm water. Follow these steps:
Fill a clean bowl with warm water.
Open the cap on the feeding port.
Push down on the plunger. Use an even, gentle push. Let the water run through the tube.
Close the cap.
Make a follow-up appointment as directed by our staff.
Call your doctor right away if you have any of the following:
Choking—call 911 right away
Trouble breathing during feeding, flushing, or giving medication
Tube that can’t be unclogged
Tube that falls out or difficulty telling whether the tube is in your stomach
Diarrhea that lasts for more than 3 loose stools
Constipation that lasts more than 48 hours
Nausea or vomiting
Bloody or coffee-colored drainage through the tube
Redness, warmth, or tenderness in the skin around the tube
Sudden weight loss or gain (more than 2 pounds in 24 hours)
Bloated or tight belly
Fever of 100.4°F or higher, or chills